Black Yoshi

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Black Yoshi
Black Yoshi Artwork.png
Official artwork of a Black Yoshi.
First Appearance Yoshi's Story (1998)
Latest Appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)

Black Yoshis are Yoshi variants that first appear in Yoshi's Story. They can first be found in secret areas of World 2. Along with White Yoshis, they have certain abilities that give them advantages over the other Yoshis.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]


They can be found in large, hidden eggs on pages 2-1 or 2-4. Black Yoshis and White Yoshis are the only Yoshis in Yoshi's Story that enjoy all the fruit, even the red Peppers. In addition, Black Yoshis can eat other things that the rest can't, such as Black Shy Guys. Another special power he possess in Yoshi's Story is that whenever the Smile Meter is full, his eggs explode in gigantic explosions, destroying more than one enemy at a time. Additionally, whenever a Black Yoshi is a Super Happy Yoshi, his mobility while using the Flutter Jump is increased drastically until the invincibility wears off. Black Yoshi has the lowest voice of any Yoshi in the game. If the player loses Black Yoshi, the White Shy Guy cannot retrieve him unless the game has been beaten at least once with Black Yoshi in the party.

If one of the Blurps in Jungle Puddle eats a Black Yoshi, they will display an upset emotion bubble, suggesting that one of the "extra powers" Black Yoshis have is to taste bad to enemies.


Yoshi's Island DS[edit]


Black Yoshis reappear in Yoshi's Island DS and are playable in the secret levels of each world.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis, Yoshi can change colors every time he performs a Rolling Egg Return, provided the player has completed the Flower Cup with any character. One of the colors that Yoshi can turn into is black.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Black Yoshi's art from Mario Tennis Open.
QR Codes.

Black Yoshi appears in Mario Tennis Open as a downloadable QR code character. Like Mario and Luigi, he is an All-Around type character.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

The black Yoshi kid in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door's third chapter, Black is one of the possible colors the player's Yoshi Kid can come out as. The Black Yoshi kid has red hair and grey pants.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

MLPIT Black Yoshi.png

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Black Yoshi appears once, during the battle with Sunnycide (This Black Yoshi is only present in the North American version of the game, with a Yellow Yoshi taking his place in the others[1]). Like the other Yoshis, he can be freed from his egg, where he'll run to push a rock. He is the second to hatch when opening the Yoob egg.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

In Mario Kart 8, Black Yoshi appears as an alternate skin for Yoshi. It is available though buying both the The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 DLC packs.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Black Yoshi appears as a playable, lightweight character in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Black Yoshi is included as a new color change for Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. This is the first game in which Black Yoshi is playable from the start.


Physical appearance[edit]

In Yoshi's Story, Black Yoshi debuts with black skin and white shoes with a red saddle. However, in its limited appearance in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the shoes were gray instead of white.

List of game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Yoshi's Story Unlockable Playable Character 1997 Nintendo 64
Mario Power Tennis Playable Character (Yoshi will change color to Black sometimes after being inside his Egg) 2004 GameCube
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Playable Character (The Yoshi Kid can turn out black after his birth) 2004 GameCube
Yoshi Touch & Go Playable Character 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Non-Playable Character found inside Yoob (North American release only) 2005 Nintendo DS
Yoshi's Island DS Playable Character on secret levels 2006 Nintendo DS
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Non-Playable Character 2011 Wii
Mario Tennis Open Playable Character 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Playable Character (DLC) 2014 Wii U
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Playable Character 2014 Triforce Arcade
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World Playable Character 2015 Wii U
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Playable Character 2017 Nintendo 3DS

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラックヨッシー
Burakku Yosshī
Kuro Yosshī
Black Yoshi; Burakku is from the English "black" while 「黒」 kuro is the native Japanese word for "black".
Spanish Yoshi negro
French Noir Yoshi
Dutch Zwarte Yoshi
German Schwarzer Yoshi
Italian Yoshi Nero
Portuguese Preto Yoshi
Russian Черный Йоши
Cherny Yoshi
From Russian "Черный", meaning black color. "Йоши" is transliteration of "Yoshi".
Korean 검정색 요시
Geomjeongsaek Yoshi


  1. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom - Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: From Japanese to English (Accessed on 2-14-09)